meet Frederick B Kamara

by Campaign ~ December 9th, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized.

Frederick B Kamara - Real PeacebuilderFrederick is the founder of the African Youth Peace Initiative (AYPI) which utilises the non-violent models of conflict resolution to engage young people towards peace and preventing the escalation of violent conflict.

Uganda has the youngest population in the world, with an estimated 6.5m people aged between 18 and 30. This situation poses a great threat to the country’s socio-economic and political stability. Uganda is one of the most conflict prone states in Africa. Peace remains fragile, with many unresolved points of contention – political, economic and social – that are roots in its history. The risk of violence recurring is very real.

Young people are an essential resource for peacebuilding and development; and therefore for the destiny of Uganda. However, young people in Uganda are faced with enormous challenges that inhibit them from actively participating in development processes. Unemployment, under-employment and chronic poverty persists despite government development interventions and the programmes of international development agencies. This situation has resulted in high crime rates, political and ethnic violence, and the rising prevalence of HIV/AIDs amongst young people.

AYPI arose out of a desire to change the prevalent culture of violence embraced by young people, to one of non-violence. AYPI is an independent and equal opportunities NGO, dedicated to empowering young people, organizations, institutions and communities at the grassroots through initiatives that promote a culture of non-violence, peace and sustainable development.

When peaceful and constructive approaches to transforming conflicts break down and violence escalates, it is young people in particular who bear the brunt. Given their enormous creativity and innovation potential, however, sustainable development efforts should be focused upon young people. Investing in youth across Africa can help transform the continent.

AYPI’s main interventions are within the following strategic activities:

  • Promotes conflict transformation and conflict sensitive approaches through inculcating the values of justice and peace among communities. The community outreach activities are premised on the principle that upholding the values of justice and ethics are critical in ensuring harmonious and peaceful coexistence among all people irrespective of their tribe, religion or political affiliation. Considering all forms of violence in the family and communities, communities are sensitized on the negative implications of conflict like causing under-development and stagnation of communities.
  • Enhancing local capacities in rights based approaches, participatory resource monitoring and budget tracking to empower local communities to demand, participate and monitor development programs within there localities.
  • Advocates for the active participation of the children, youth and women in the development planning at all levels.
  • Works towards addressing the root causes of violence and its effects among communities through preventing, managing and transforming conflict within communities and ensuring socio-economic justice for the poorest and vulnerable groups.
  • Conducts periodic trainings, research, issuing publications, newsletters and manuals on peace education and humanitarian development issues.
  • Works with the media to create awareness and disseminate information through media outlets and forums to influence opinions and change attitudes as well as inform the public about critical issues. Recognizing that when people have the right information they are able to make informed and independent decisions and also fully participate in the development of their communities.
  • Promotes education and welfare for orphans and vulnerable children through bringing quality education services nearer and accessible to the hard to reach communities and improving the welfare of vulnerable children among households.
  • Brings together, through community meetings, orphans and vulnerable children and their caretakers into dialogue to create an environment conducive for the survival, growth and development of orphans and vulnerable children in the communities.

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